International Missionary Council

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The International Missionary Council (IMC) was an ecumenical Protestant missionary organization established in 1921,[1] which in 1961, merged with the World Council of Churches (WCC), becoming the WCC's Division of World Mission and Evangelism.[2]


A continuation committee was established following the 1910 World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh, which culminated in the creation of the International Missionary Council in 1921 in London. Like the Edinburgh conference, it was created to continue ecumenical efforts towards Christian mission through a series of meetings:[3]

It was in the final 1961 meetings when the IMC was integrated with the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches, forming the Division of World Mission and Evangelism.[3]


The IMC archives are held at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. Microfiche copies can be found in various library records.

At Yale University Library:

At Columbia University's Burke Library:


  1. ^ Hogg, William R. (2002). Ecumenical Foundations: A History of The International Missionary Council and its Nineteenth-Century Background. Wipf and Stock Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59244-014-6.
  2. ^ Arthur P. Johnston, World Evangelism and the Word of God, Bethany Fellowship, 1974.
  3. ^ a b "History". World Council of Churches. Retrieved 31 August 2020.